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Flying Nun 30th birthday: The Clean, Subliminals, T54

T54
T54

Another stunning Flying Nun birthday show at the CPSA! T54 we’re a great start to the night, showing why they’re one of Flying Nun’s latest signings with great rollicking tunes propelled by Joe Sampson’s Flying Nun-influenced guitar riffs. Meanwhile some very unusual independent short films we’re playing behind the bands, care of Stuart Page.

Subliminals
Subliminals

The Subliminals ‘United States’ album is one of my favorite 90’s Flying Nun releases, and seeing them last night bought back a flood of memories. ‘Uh Oh’ went off like no other, what a great, driving rock song from one of the label’s most under-appreciated acts.

The Clean played an epic set of songs that stretched from the earliest EPs, through to (almost) now, with the crowd singing along to all the early stuff, and some of the later songs making for surprise highlights too. Hamish was very vocal behind the kit, expressing his disgust at the nights election results, though most of this seemed to fly right past the packed audience.

 

The Clean via Stuart Pages IPhone
The Clean via Stuart Pages IPhone

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Flying Nun 30th Birthday: HDU with Delaney Davidson

Another night, another awesome show at the Christchurch Polytech Students Assoc.

Delaney Davidson
Delaney Davidson

Last nights Flying Nun birthday special saw the return of HDU; with support from Christchurch local Delaney Davidson. Delaney has just come back from Australia, but played a great set of memorable songs in his distinctive countryfied style, mixing things up with a dance contest, and building his sound using well-orchestrated loops and hand percussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDU
HDU

HDU were simply epic. They played a vast set of songs that ran the line from intricate, delicate numbers to full-on blasts of pure energy. Great to see these guys back in Christchurch once more, and the crowd simply lapt it up; getting very enthusiastic as the set went one. Just a simply stunning exhibition of sound. Aces.

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Flying Nun 30th Birthday: Shayne P Carter and Ghost Club, with Popstrangers

Wow. These Flying Nun 30th Birthday shows kick ass.

Popstrangers are an Auckland 3 piece I haven’t seen before, but their rather good drummer looks very familiar… Anyways I enjoyed their set, pretty in your face guitar music with some cool bits and pieces.

Popstrangers
Popstrangers

Ghost Club are one of my fav still sorta current Flying Nun acts – both their self-titled debut and the follow-up ‘Suicide Train’ are littered with great, powerful songs – plus that old 7″ with Dave Mitchell and Denise Roughan they called ‘The Ghost Club’ is one of my prized singles. Roughan and Jim Abbott seemed pretty subdued for most of the set, but ably backed Mitchell, who set about attacking his guitar, succumbing only to a bout of the tune-ups.

Ghost Club
Ghost Club

Shayne Carter and his current tour backing band (the old maestro Gary Sullivan on drums and former D4 Vaughen Williams on bass) played a great back catalogue of Shayne’s songs, a real good mix of the more delicate Straitjacket Fits numbers, ace Dimmer drones, bombastic Doublehappys ditties and even the ole Bored Games hit ‘Joe 90’.

Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter

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Thunderdome: Familia Moja Fundraiser

Transistors
Transistors

Cracking fundraising event for Fionn and Netta’s trip to Kenya last night. They put together 10 of the best young acts in Christchurch to raise a little dosh to help with the construction of an orphanage.

With Sleepy Age, Transistors and Bang! Bang! Eche! all playing a whole swag of new material it seemed like a real milestone event, putting the last year behind us.

Great to see the younger kids getting into the show too, I’m just sad I missed the opening few acts – I still haven’t managed to catch the much-vaunted Psych Tigers, instead arriving at the beginning of St Eden’s mellow electronic set, followed by similarly laid back sets from the thoroughly slick Coate, and a lovely droney set from Valdera.

Planet of the Tapes
Planet of the Tapes

From there things picked up a notch with Transistors kicking ass and taking names, Planet of the Tapes just going out of this world (and encouraging the crowd on stage to surf along), Sleepy Age bringing the Disco vibes and falsetta vocals, and Bang! Bang! Eche! playing their hand as the manic closers.

Sleepy Age
Sleepy Age

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The River Jones and Ipswich at Darkroom

The River Jones
The River Jones

With a lot of people at the Bats show at CPIT (as part of the Flying Nun 30th anniversary), it was a quiet night at Darkroom. However both the River Jones and Ipswich put on a great show.

The River Jones have a post rock / math rock type of sound (ala Unwound or even Christchurch’s own A Flight to Blackout, particularly in their later incarnations) with an absolutely bombastic drummer and an underage vocalist/guitarist. Expect these guys to make a mark in the future.

 

 

Ipswich are a bit of a rising star in the local scene, with their self-titled EP now available and group playing shows around town quite often. The boys threw in a couple Flying Nun covers from the Bird Nest Roys and the Skeptics along with a set of catchy sing-shouty originals.

Ipswich
Ipswich

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BnP and Magic Eye at the Darkroom

BnP
BnP

BnP (formerly Bits and Pieces) and Magic Eye have both been a bit invisible this last year, and so this show at the Darkroom marked both bands return to live shows (outside of the odd house-party) since the September 2010 earthquake.

Magic Eye
Magic Eye

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